Search Results: "Cecil Frances Alexander"


BOOK REVIEW

ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL by Cecil Frances Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"The large, luminous illustrations make this an ideal choice for reading aloud to a group, and the short, simple text could also be sung, though the music for the hymn is not included. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-7)"
Bright and beautiful watercolor illustrations and a large format with a thoughtful design combine to bring new life to the old words of this familiar hymn written in 1848. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL by Cecil Frances Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Lovely. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)"
All things are indeed "bright and beautiful" in the serene, sharply detailed country scenes Whatley (Wait! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 20, 1989

Diplomat-traitor Donald Maclean was, according to Noel Annan's splendid foreword here, "the only one of the six main spies who found the actual practice of deception and concealment distasteful." Read full book review >

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DON'T COSPLAY WITH MY HEART by Cecil Castellucci
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"This authentically geeky and feminist romance nails the con scene. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A teen copes with home-life troubles by cosplaying her favorite comic-book character. Read full book review >

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SLEEP ON, BELOVED by Cecil Foster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"A moving—though sometimes one-dimensional—account of the immigrant struggle. (First printing of 25,000)"
A sharp-edged, if rather bleak and overdrawn, evocation of the Caribbean immigrant experience in Canada: Barbados-born Foster's second novel after the luminous No Man in the House (1992). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 18, 1992

"With its sweep, perception, originality, and felicitous use of language—an artistic and intellectual achievement."
Helman—professor of medicine (University College, London), family physician, and cultural historian—draws on his wide-ranging interests to offer a vivid, personable, and insightful exploration of physiology and fiction—of the interaction of the objective functioning of the human body and the subjective experience of it, as well as of the political analogues and social metaphors it inspires in both historic and contemporary terms. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DUCK by Randy Cecil
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"She's still much bigger than he is—but at least her dreams don't come true by having her turn real, which makes for a refreshing change. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Equally affecting on literal and metaphorical levels, this tale of a wooden carousel duck who yearns to fly like a real duck makes prime shared reading. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GATOR by Randy Cecil
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"Illustrated with soft-textured scenes featuring a small, rather timorous looking crocodile sporting a derby, a saddle and a visible hole through his middle, this mini-adventure will leave readers warmed, if not entirely convinced. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Sketchy on internal logic but rich in feeling, this tale features a carved animal who takes off on a journey of discovery after his carousel goes dark and neglected. Read full book review >

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ONE DARK AND DREADFUL NIGHT by Randy Cecil
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"A hysterical addition to any fractured-fairytale collection. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Fairy tales run amok in this great poke at the stories of "unfortunate events." Read full book review >

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LUCY by Randy Cecil
Kirkus Star
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A brief denouement in the final act reveals that each main character has given the others just what they needed; a clever structure and a satisfying story. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Defying simple categorization, Cecil's 144-page illustrated narrative presents a street dog that dreams of home, a light-skinned girl who longs for companionship, and her father, a juggler who panics in front of an audience. Read full book review >

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ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

 

Cover Story: Sneaky Big Face
BFF Charm: Destiny’s Child
Swoonworthy Scale:
 1
Talky Talk: Straight Up Worldbuilding
Bonus Factors:
 Aliens, Evil Cult Leader
Relationship Status: Let Me Introduce You to a Friend of Mine

Cover Story: Sneaky Big Face

Planets and stars and comets, oh my! Yup, this one is ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2003

"Nasty and vain, pathetic and dull. (40 b&w photos throughout)"
The late photographer's diaries from the 1970s, in which he assails the rich and famous he dislikes, composes paeans to the ones he favors, and, ultimately, bores with the bulk of his quotidian detail. Read full book review >